“The price of a whole cow is never cheap.”–traditional Vai proverb. For those who are interested in learning Vai, there are an increasing number of available resources to work from. They don’t all fit under the category of traditional learning materials though. There is a Vai Wikimedia Incubator Project, a FAQ about Ebola, a copy of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a copy of the New Testament, and recent articles including one by Olena Tykhostup and Piers Kelly, and another by Andrij Rovenchak, Tombekai Sherman, and myself. Tombekai and I also gave a presentation last year at the 10th International Conference of the Mande Studies Association in Grand-Bassam, Côte d’Ivoire, offering translations of manuscripts held at Tulane University and the British Library. While work toward a new Vai dictionary is also underway, existing dictionary resources include Koelle (1854) and Welmers & Kandakai (1973).
“ꕇꔧ ꖝꖕꕯ ꗓꖺ ꕮ ꗏꖺ ꕇ ꕗ.”